Operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment!
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Mostly Negative (229 reviews) - 34% of the 229 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

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About This Game

Miner Wars 2081 is a 6DOF action-survival space-shooter simulation-game set in the year 2081, 10 years after the destruction of all planetary objects in the Solar System.

You operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment, which remains persistent as you complete missions or play online with others. Realism and survival are key aspects of gameplay. Inventory and the way you use resources such as fuel, ammunition, oxygen, ore, and weapons are important when surrounded by dozens of warring factions.

The gameplay is driven by an epic story and offers a choice of single player, co-op, and death-match multi-player.

The story will introduce you to many types of missions: rescue, exploration, revenge, base defense, theft, transportation, stealth, search and destroy, pure harvesting, racing, or just flying around and destroying everything you see.

Open-world Environment

  • Fully destructible and persistent (dig through asteroids, destroy space stations ...)
  • Seamless transition between outdoor and indoor environments
  • Full Solar System traveling (billions of sectors)

Intuitive Controls

  • 6DOF - six degrees of freedom
  • Skill-based game
  • Fast adrenaline-pumping action
  • Joystick Support

Rich Gameplay

  • Story campaign - 31 epic missions
  • Mining and Exploration – Players are encouraged to explore and harvest
  • Trading & Looting
  • 50 weapons, armors, medicines, tools...
  • 22 player ships
  • RPG-like / Survival game-play


  • Co-op up to 16 players
  • Death-match up to 16 players

Survival & sandbox

  • Factions (Fourth Reich, Euro-American Confederation, China …)
  • Devoted community which crowd-funded the development
  • In-game editor and two free add-ons: Cheats and 2.5D Experiment
NOTE: Full source code of engine (VRAGE) and game released for easy modding: https://github.com/KeenSoftwareHouse/Miner-Wars-2081

System Requirements

    • OS:Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor:CPU: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce 6 series or better, ATI Radeon R520 (X1300-X1950) or better, Intel GMA X3000 or better. Requires at least Pixel-Shader 3.0.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor:CPU: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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150 of 178 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
First off, "Fully Destructible" is a complete falsehood. This fact is important in highlighting the biggest problem with this software: the group that made it just doesn't care about their audience.

As quickly as possible, they try to force-feed you everything about the character you're playing and the situation your in. There's so much information that nothing stands out, so it isn't clear what the atmosphere is. Suddenly, you are driving a vehicle capable of movement in any direction and the controls aren't explained. Your character is inside a maze where nothing about the environment pops out to clue you in as to where you should go, and half the time the waypoint system lies to you (what did I expect, though, right?).

On top of all that, you are under attack, and to make a very difficult situation even worse, if your vehicle takes damage you might have a breach, which leaks out your oxygen unless you find a repair powerup (read: rare health kit), turning your screen dark as it slowly kills you.

The game is mercilessly convoluted and brutally unforgiving to it's player. At one point while trying to find the "exit", I found an opening and headed that direction to escape, only to realize as I was blasted to bits that the ship I saw outside was THE ENEMY, and after reloading realizing that I was supposed to come out of the doorway, then turn AWAY from the opening to see the doorway which was the intended direction.

I played with a friend and found one of the audio parts hilarious:
Evilsupervisor: "Did you exterminate them all?"
Evilsurbordinate : "Most of them. One or two miners escaped, but they have no idea what's going on".

How right they were, how right they were.

Save yourself the disappointment.
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127 of 149 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
I supported this game from the very get go. They said "Pay 25 dollars for Alpha.. the game will get better." They promised an MMO. The game never really materialized what they planned. The developers never kept their promise. Now I come to the forums to see if the game has gotten better and I am surprised to see I am permanently banned from the forums. This is what is wrong from early access games. Stay away like the plague from games like this where you are giving your hard earned money away just to be mistreated. To the developers: I don't care whether you ban me from your stinking forums. Keep your game.. lose your customer.

(Edited spelling errors)
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110 of 135 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
This game has the privilege of being one of only a handful from my Steam library that I've actually asked to have permanently removed from my account by Steam support.

Cashing in on the nostalgia for classics like the Descent series (all of which are vastly superior to this dreadful "game"), Miner Wars 2081 is a broken mess.

Everything about the game is just "off" somehow. The scale is really weird and difficult to describe. Rather than feeling like you're flying around in a spaceship inside an enormous space station, it feels like you're driving a Micro Machine around someone's living room; nothing's got a sense of proportion or frame of reference and the design of the space station interiors seems designed to confuse, with little in the way of landmarks or anything that might actually make it look like it could be inhabited by actual people.

The combat mechanics are basic and the menu/inventory system is a nightmare to navigate, let alone understand.

The voice acting is pretty poor and what little I could glean of the story from the opening mission made no sense, being totally without context. After the first mission ends you're dumped into a world/solar-system map with no idea where to go next or why. Pretty much wherever you do decide to go, some people will autoamtically attack you, but it's not made clear why that's happening either, or if any of the ships are meant to be friendly.

Finally, the setting is so utterly absurd that it does nothing to help this sorry excuse for a game. The idea that anything on/around Earth could survive its destruction by the Sun exploding is total nonsense. That functioning societies could spring up from the debris and even start building new structures in a scant few years after an apocalyptic event is the metaphorical icing on this turd of a cake.

I cannot urge you strongly enough - do not buy this game under any circumstances.
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79 of 91 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Miner Wars 2081 promises epic space battles, but instead gives you a frustrating game of resource micro-management. Every amenity on your ship - from ammunition to oxygen to fuel - is limited, and runs out rather quickly. Even if the vast, bland environments were actually worth looking around, the game simply wouldn't allow you any exploration due to your limited resources. When you finally actually do get to fighting, the balance is atrocious, with some enemies barely leaving a scratch on your hull, while others in the same area annihilate you as soon as you get in range.

I was hoping for a spiritual successor to the Descent/Freespace series, as those remain among my favorites of all time, but sadly this is nowhere near pulling it off. Stay far, far away.
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71 of 84 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
Keen Software House Only cares about Early access sales, after that, they work on the next game. This game is still EA, but "fully released". Supported them a bunch and regret it. I refuse to by any products from Keen Software House now.
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77 of 95 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Horrible cash grab of a game. The 0.7 hours I put into this allowed me to discover just how bad it is. If you try to play singleplayer you will find the odds to be ridiculously uneven against you, with the developers hoping you will pay to unlock cheats. If you play multiplayer it is no different except that even if you survive til the end together, at least one of you will run out of fuel before reaching the end, because they do not even bother to give both of you fuel/ammo/health pickups.

Do not get this game. I'm disappointed that steam continues to support such a complete waste of money. Keep an eye out for other "indie" games that are done by similarly corrupt developers.
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66 of 81 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Bought this game because it promised "persistent", "open-world", "fully-destructible" environments. What a load of crock. It's a generic linear first person shooter in space. The space physics themselves aren't even that good. The first person aspects aren't fun, either.

Waste of money.
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65 of 80 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Please don't spend money on this, even though I've only played it for half an hour there is so much wrong with this game it's unreal:

The control scheme is clunky, playing with a mouse will require constant fiddling with sensitivity, playing with a controler is a waste of time as there are not enough buttons. If like me you have a joystick and think that that will work you will struggle even more (as the unified sensitivity will make it unplayable)

the graphics are meh, for the price I wouldn't really expect much more, but it is VERY dull with little to help the colours of space other than a ridiculous bright sky (would you call it a sky?)

The HUD is broken, yep, broken;
the guns seem to be a 2D image that renders behind, yes - BEHIND, the 3d objects in the scene (I didn't even realise that my ship HAD guns until I left the starter station and found weird 2d objects moving arround with me clipping through every other visible object.

mining doesn't make sense (at least to me it doesn't)

the AI of both your teammate and enemies is pretty useless

upgrades seem pointless.

For a game claiming to be "miner wars" there is very little mining and the war involved is hardly worth fighting.
save your money.
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73 of 93 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Of all my early access regrets, this is by far the most regrettable. It's the early access game your friends warned you about, where the developer just up and disappears. Especially disappointing because this game would have promise with some polish.
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51 of 61 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
A bland story, a "open world" that again is bland and boring. This was supposed to be an MMO out in space however they either didnt have the budget or didnt have the right people to make it. So we have this game instead.

Dont even get me started on the resource system that is in place. Apparently in the near future its going to look a like the present. You need oxygen and unlike star trek that has a life support system this game has a scuba type oxygen tank meter in place. Save yourself the $10 dollars from a dead game. Go buy almost anything else besides this game. You have been warned.
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Rocket Mouse
12.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
I lied, this game is ♥♥♥♥! Stay away!
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Waifu Elements
2.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
It's unplayable if you're on Windows 10. I was able to play it on Windows 7.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
Gameplay is punishing and unpleasant, exacerbated by bad framerates and load times. Runs badly on hardware way above recommended spec.

The developers appear to have made a pretty involved implementation of an Elite / Freelancer style game here, with mining, equipment hacking and terrain alteration. However, they promptly make an utter hash of it by starting their - extremely complicated - game in media res, with alarms and explosions and characters screaming at the player. There's a reason why Freelancer starts its player in a calm spot and introduces its game mechanics one at a time. Miner Wars 2081 completely missed that concept. This flaw culminates in characters screaming at you while you are trying to read tutorial pop-ups.

Miner Wars 2081 tries to have a combat oriented campaign but sabotages itself in several ways. The combat design is atrocious and the missions devolve into "please now fly at a turret which will kill you in 0.5 seconds and is already pointing at you". The level designs heavily punish attempting to do anything amusing or sneaky to go around or sneak up on enemies. For no apparent reason, there isn't a quicksave / quickload feature, only unmarked autosave checkpoints, so the game becomes tedious and painful if you get stuck at some obstacle, having to repeat the same actions over and over again to get back to where you can try again. Specifically because of the fact that they've tried to implement a broad Elite style game with features like mining, there's inventory micro-management gumming up the combat sections.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
No clue how I got this game
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17.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Funny bit about the game is that it's so strict about what it wants from you, but you can do whatever you want to complete it. You have a rinkydink space mining bubble that shoots rockets, lasers, and somehow can create all these things from ore you deposit into this bubble you reside in.

It's not very performance friendly. Lots of clipping of "terrain" occurs. You can blast your way into a base... OR you can mine for 15 minutes and get to the end without having to shoot one single rocket at an enemy. But you can destroy the base's innards! and then drift to the checkpoint.

I don't really understand if it had a story or if it was some sort of random "fight" that occurs between companies, because you should be dead by the second wave of enemies if that was the case.

I say: Don't waste your cash or time.
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18.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
No Man's Sky 2012
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Question Mark
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 14
Very poor game.

I barely played, because the numerous flaws in the game were blatant.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
Kept running into a game breaking bug. The main curiser inventory was filling up with an unusable hacking tool that could not be removed and the Devs did not do anything when I reported it to them.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
Simply dont buy it. I got it when it was a bundle with Space Engineers, in Christmas 2014. I read the reviews of BOTH when i got it, and decided to install one. Space Engineers. Still, to this day, 2 years later, i havent touched it. Its still just sitting in my library, not installed. Simply terrible game.
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10.2 hrs
Posted: August 10
Well I started playing the game and thought "Well, this doesn't seem as bad as everyone claims" and it isn't. It does however have a short mission that feels more like a tech demo than real gameplay. The voice acting is, a little strange in some areas but its not "horrible" as people claimed. I managed to beat campaign pretty quickly, its just standard point and shoot type stuff with AI that is bad at aim because they target where you are, and not where you will be and AI are predictable enough to shoot down easily. I expected more from the game and got less so, I'd recommend getting this for $5 or less if it drops to that price via discount or normal price lowers. I was disappointed in the short campaign mostly and the way some things work such as the thrusters not working during inertia off mode. Honestly, the size of the map and all the many many locations made me think that perhaps there was going to be a lot of campaign to this, but there wasn't.
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